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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file should be in DOC or DOCX format. The submission in PDF format will be declined.
  • Ensure the manuscript uses the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (McGill Guide).

Author Guidelines

Editorial Process


Manuscript Submission

Jurnal Kajian Pembaruan Hukum welcomes the contribution of manuscripts on contemporary legal discourses in the light of theoretical, doctrinal, multi-disciplinary, empirical, and comparative studies. Manuscripts may comprise articles (8,000-12,000 words) and book reviews (1,000-1,500 words).

All submissions should be made online. Please go to https://jurnal.unej.ac.id/index.php/jkph/submissions.

Please upload source files such as .doc and .docx, and not .pdf files. Paper or email submissions are not accepted.

Due to a very high number of manuscripts submitted to this journal, we usually need at least three months before our decision on whether manuscripts are accepted or rejected for publication. However, all authors are advised to submit manuscripts earlier than three months from the regular date of publication as it is our standard by which all articles should pass rigorous reviews before publication. 

Format and Style

Authors are invited to follow the journal's technical guidelines and style sheet, which may be downloaded by clicking here. Authors are also encouraged to download our journal's citation style, Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (McGill Guide), from Zotero.

Guidelines for Articles

Please note that your manuscript should include references that consist of 80% of journal articles published in the last 10 (ten) years. The remaining 20% may from other resources like research reports, books, and other relevant publications.

Most scientific papers are prepared according to a format called IMRAD. The term represents the first letters of the words Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, And, Discussion. IMRAD is simply a more 'defined' version of the "IBC" [Introduction, Body, Conclusion] format used for all academic writing. IMRAD indicates a pattern or format rather than a complete list of headings or components of research papers.

The guidelines, including the template, can be downloaded here.

Guidelines for Book Reviews

Please include:
1. At the beginning of the review, the book information: author(s), title, place, date, number of pages, ISBN.
2. The review should begin with a brief overall description of the book.
3. Matters that may be considered in the body of the review.
4. The average review should be 1,000 - 1,500 words.
5. The strengths and weaknesses of the book.
6. Comments on the author's style and presentation.
7. Whether or not the author's aims have been met.
8. Errors (typographical or other) and usefulness of indices.
9. Who would the book be useful to?
10. Would you recommend readers purchase the book?


All manuscripts submitted to this journal undergo a selection and assessment process by the Editorial Board members. The journal applies this process as the preliminary selection to determine whether the manuscripts have conformed to the submission guidelines of the journal, including the submission guidelines, focus and scope, and that they are of excellent academic quality.

At this stage, the language check also becomes an important part of our screening. Authors must ensure that the journal editors and reviewers fully understand the academic content of their papers. Authors must ensure that the manuscript submitted to this journal has been proofread. 

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism and self-plagiarism are prohibited. Each author has the responsibility to ensure that the manuscript submitted to this journal is original and plagiarism free. It is our routine procedure to run all submissions through plagiarism detection software. If plagiarism is detected by the editorial board member, reviewer, editor etc., in any stage of article process, before or after acceptance, during editing or at a page proof stage. All the submitted manuscripts for publication are checked for plagiarism after submission and before starting review. We will alert the same to the author(s) and will ask them to rewrite the content or to cite the references from where the content has been taken. The result of manuscript screening should be less than 25% of similarity. Also, the Editorial Board has the right to decline the submission when it is found that the manuscript is detected with plagiarism. So, If more than 25% of the paper is plagiarized- the article may be rejected and the same is notified to the author.

The manuscripts or papers in which the plagiarism is detected are handled based on the extent of the plagiarism.

  • <5% Plagiarism: The manuscript is sent to author for content revision.
  • 5-25% Plagiarism: The manuscript is sent back to author for content revision.
  • >25% Plagiarism: The manuscript will be rejected without the review. The authors are advised to revise the manuscript and resubmit the manuscript. If the plagiarism is detected more than 25%, it is found that the authors are very unlikely to revise the manuscript and submit the revised version. However, authors are welcome to do the required revisions and submit the manuscript as a new submission.

Plagiarism includes:

  1. The word for word plagiarism (the author uses the words of other authors (exactly) without mentioning the source);
  2. Plagiarism over the source (the author uses the idea of others without giving enough recognition (without mentioning the source expressly); and
  3. Plagiarism of authorship (the author acknowledged as the author of the paperwork of others).

When plagiarism is identified, the Editorial Board responsible for the review of this paper and will agree on measures according to the extent of plagiarism detected in the paper in agreement with the following guidelines:

Level of Plagiarism

  1. Minor : A short section of another article is plagiarized without any significant data or idea taken from the other paper. A warning is given to the authors and a request to change the text and properly cite the original article is made
  2. Intermediate: A significant portion of a paper is plagiarized without proper citation to the original paper. The submitted article is rejected and the authors are forbidden to submit further articles for one year
  3. Severe : A significant portion of a paper is plagiarized that involves reproducing original results or ideas presented in another publication. The paper is rejected and the authors are forbidden to submit further articles for five years.

If plagiarism is detected after publication, the Journals will conduct an investigation. If plagiarism is found, the journal editorial office will contact the author’s institute and funding agencies. The paper containing the plagiarism will be marked on each page of the PDF. Depending on the extent of the plagiarism, the paper may also be formally retracted. By submitting Author(s) manuscript to the journal it is understood that it is an original manuscript and is unpublished work and is not under consideration elsewhere. Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author's own work, in whole or in part without proper citation is not tolerated by the journal. Manuscripts submitted to the journal may be checked for originality using anti-plagiarism software.

Plagiarism misrepresents ideas, words, and other creative expression as one's own. Plagiarism represents the violation of copyright law. Plagiarism appears in various forms.

  • Copying the exact content from the other source. Purposely using portions of another author's paper.
  • Copying elements of another author's paper, such as figures, tables, equations or illustrations that are not common knowledge, or copying or purposely using sentences without citing the source.
  • Using text downloaded from the internet.
  • Copying or downloading figures, photographs, pictures or diagrams without acknowledging your sources.
  • In the case of a publication being submitted that was originally published in another language, the title, date and journal of the original publication must be identified by the authors, and the copyright must be obtained. The editor may accept such a translated publication to bring it to the attention of a wider audience.
  • In case author wants to use material from the other work then it is mandatory to cite the same in references. Else the author needs to change the language completely and use his/ her own language.

If you come across a case of plagiarism in any journal from any publisher, please do inform the editorial office(s) of all the involved journals, giving them the journal names, title of manuscripts, name of authors, volume number, issue number, year of publication and any other information that you have. The editorial offices will handle the cases as per their policy.

Every author in the Jurnal Kajian Pembaruan Hukum  is required to complete the plagiarism-free statement; and sent along with manuscript by uploading additional files in open journal system or by emailing to jkph@unej.ac.id

Desk Review

Manuscripts that have conformed to such mentioned criteria, and if they are judged suitable for this publication, will be forwarded to the desk review.

This step is optional. Typically, for submissions that undergo the desk review stage, the Editorial Board will provide common feedback in ensuring submissions have conformed to the journal's standard to ease the peer-reviewer in reviewing the manuscript. If authors do not meet these conditions, they will get feedback and will have an opportunity to revise their manuscript according to the given criteria. However, there is also the possibility that the Editorial Board will directly reject the manuscript.

Peer Review

The review process applies the double-blind peer review method, in which case neither authors nor reviewers know each other’s identities. When the manuscript has passed the desk review stage, editors will deliver manuscripts to two reviewers who are experts in the field of the submitted manuscript. The task of reviewers is to assess originality, clarity of presentation, contribution to the legal knowledge. The final decision of manuscript acceptance is solely decided by the editors according to reviewers' comments. Typically, reviewers will complete the review process within three weeks. Manuscripts that did not successfully pass the desk review process will not proceed to this stage and will be rejected.

Reviewers' Decision

The reviewers will provide the following recommendations:
1. Accepted (the manuscript is acceptable for publication);
2. Accepted with minor revisions
 (the manuscript is acceptable for publication after it undergoes a revision in response to the reviewers’ concerns);
3. Accepted with major revisions
 (substantive inadequacies in the manuscript, such as data analysis, the main theory used and rewriting of paragraphs, need to be revised); or
4. Rejected
 (the manuscript is not acceptable for publication, or the given reviews relate to fundamental issues).

The final decision of manuscript acceptance is solely decided by the Editorial Board by taking into account reviewers' comments. The Editorial Board cannot unilaterally make a decision without the recommendation from reviewers.


Once the manuscript has been received with notations of minor or major revisions, it will be returned to the author with a review summary form. For manuscripts accepted with major revisions, authors are allotted three weeks to revise. Whereas for manuscripts accepted with minor revisions, one week is allotted for revision. When returning the revised manuscript, the author is required to fill in and attach the review summary form. 

Final Decision

At this stage, the manuscript will be re-evaluated by the Editorial Board to ensure that the author has revised in response to the reviewers’ concerns. In this final decision, the manuscript may still be rejected if the author did not seriously conduct the revisions necessary.


Once the manuscript has been deemed acceptable by the Editorial Board, it will undergo a proofreading process to maintain linguistic quality.

Competing Interest

After the paper submission is accepted and is scheduled for publication, the corresponding author will be asked to attach the declaration of no conflict of interest.

Publication Confirmation

At this stage, in a certain condition, the final layout of the manuscript will be resent to the author to ensure that the content follows the author’s writing. At this stage, the author may revise any typographical error found in the final manuscript. Once confirmation from the author is given, the Editorial Secretary will process the manuscript for online publication on the website as well as a print publication.

Copyright Notice

Jurnal Kajian Pembaruan Hukum has CC-BY-SA or an equivalent license as the optimal license for publishing, distributing, using, and reusing scholarly work. Authors who publish with this journal retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License that allows others with permission from the publisher to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.